A good day for the raiders
THE Great Lakes raiders came to Coffs Harbour racecourse yesterday and stole enough plunder to guarantee they'll be back.
Visiting trainer Stuart Phegan claimed an early double with Nervate and Cane Champagne, prompting representative Matt McQuillan to promise the stable would be 'back for more'.
"We won with Rollin Rich at the Cup carnival and your style of racing suits us," the trainer's brother-in-law said.
The McQuillan/Phegan families prepare 20 horses on the new Tuncurry-Forster track and are working toward an expansion of their operations, including the purchase of quality bloodstock from the city.
Phegan is in Sydney with runners for today's meeting and on the lookout for new recruits.
"Nervate was bought from the Jack Denham stable as a broodmare but Stuart decided to give her one more preparation and found she could really gallop," McQuillan said.
Meanwhile, those who copped the back page tip in yesterdays Coffs Coast Advocate should have plenty of cash to start the new year.
The prediction was former Japanese rider Yasi Fujimoto would be in for a big day and the ace jockey kept up his end of the bargain, landing Mamzelle Eiffel, an all-the-way winner at succulent odds for trainer Gordon Yorke.